Dubai: The UAE has ranked as the second most trusted government in the world, according to the New York-based Edelman Trust Barometer.
Announcing the results on Twitter, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that the UAE is the second most trusted country in the world, based on the trust the public have in their government.
“For 7 years, our government is at the top of the rankings. Trust gained through years of work, construction and giving. Confidence is our greatest asset and our greatest achievement,” he added.
الإمارات الثاني عالمياً في الثقة في الحكومة حسب مؤشر مؤسسة إدلمان العالمي، ٧ سنوات وحكومتنا على رأس الترتيب. الثقة اكتُسبت عبر سنوات من العمل والبناء والعطاء . الثقة أعظم أصولنا وأكبر إنجازاتنا .— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) January 23, 2018
The annual survey was conducted online across 28 countries with over 33,000 respondents, which was carried out from October 28 to November 20, 2017.
Respondents had to meet four criteria:
- Ages 25-64
- College educated
- In top 25% of household income per age group in each country
- Report significant media consumption and engagement in business news
According to the international report, the Trust Index in the US government “was the steepest ever measured” as it dropped by nine points from 2017, while China and the UAE both gained points by seven and six points respectively.
The UAE government ranked second at 77 points in the trust indicator for government and public institutions, while China was ranked first at 84 points.
The trust index is the average of a country’s trust in the institutions of government, business, media and NGOs.
The UAE topped a number of Western countries in the trust index, such as Germany and the UK, which were given 43 and 36 points.
The trust index in companies and business increased in 14 out of 28 countries, with the UAE ranked at 4th place. Indonesia was first globally with the most trust in businesses, followed by Indonesia, India and China at second place, and Mexico at third.